Headlander is a 70’s sci fi side scrolling shooter developed by Double Fine. The premise is that you are a human head that is trying to survive in a world filled with robot bodies. You basically fly around launching your head from one body to another and once you take control of a body you have access to its abilities. I was able to get my hands on this game at last year’s PlayStation Experience and I can tell you first hand that Headlander is one of the weirdest, yet most original games I have ever played.
In the E3 demo we experience a colorful world that is clearly inspired by classic sci fi movies of yesteryear. One section has the human head flying around dodging obstacles only to encounter docile robots. The human head then proceeds to suck the heads off of the robots and assumes control of that body – insanity. A few features and gameplay elements were shown off such as the upgrade system, the UI, and details on the mini map. One really cool gameplay element is that there is a color coated security system and there are doors that will not let you proceed unless you have control of a body that matches that color. So you have to find different paths in search of hostile robots that you will have to combat in order to take control of the body you need. But here’s the tricky part, if you need a body you must weaken the robots just enough to where you can suck their heads off without destroying their bodies entirely. The trick is to not go in head’s first. Get it?
Headlander is scheduled to release on PlayStation 4 this July. Check out the E3 demo below via PlayStation’s YouTube channel so that you can get a heads up of what this game is all about.